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More dodges, weaves than jabs in Az gov debate

Updated with video: What’s likely to be the only live gubernatorial debate in Tucson had the three candidates sticking more to their talking points than trading punches Thursday. Fred DuVal, Doug Ducey and Barry Hess answered questions for about 90 minutes, but none were caught against the ropes as they repeated their campaign pitches.... Read more»2

Texas rep: Debate on immigration surge set to re-emerge

The congressional debate about how to address the influx of unaccompanied Central American minors crossing illegally into Texas is likely to re-emerge later this year when lawmakers debate an omnibus budget bill, according to a Texas lawmaker.... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. now involved in 134 wars, or none, depending on your definition

The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word “war” was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State. So how many wars is the U.S. fighting right now? Somewhere between zero and 134.... Read more»

McSally campaign photo may fly in face of military regs

A photograph of Republican congressional candidate Martha McSally in military uniform, posted Thursday on Facebook and Twitter, appears to be a violation of a Defense Department directive.  Members of the military — including retired officers such as McSally — are prohibited from using photographs of themselves in uniform as the “primary graphic representation in any campaign media.”... Read more»2

House members grill VA officials over audit of Phoenix operations

Lawmakers accused Veterans Affairs officials of trying to “whitewash” reasons behind the deaths of veterans waiting for treatment at a VA facility in Phoenix. Under intense questioning, officials said long could might have “contributed” to 40 veterans’ deaths in Phoenix.... Read more»

PCC, ASU, other campuses stock up on military rifles under federal program

While campus police say the military rifles enhance public safety and protect officers, a representative of the ACLU of Arizona says the weapons speak to an alarming militarization of police.... Read more»

Free sandbags going fast as Odile approaches

Officials have given out more than 18,000 free sandbags, and are having 60,000 more delivered from Phoenix. In preparation for heavy rain from tropical storm Odile, authorities are giving out free sandbags to residents who want to protect their homes. Raytheon sent employees home early, and several school districts have called off after-school activities.... Read more»1

Number of Az uninsured dropping, still higher than nat'l average

While it fell, Arizona’s uninsured rate, at 17.1 percent, was higher than the nation’s 14.5 percent. Analysts cite several reasons why more people might have insurance, from more jobs to ‘Obamacare.’... Read more»

Arizona's reality to be found in K-12 demographics

Although our school systems have been “majority-minority” for 10 years, Arizona doesn’t seem to have come to terms with this reality yet.... Read more»

As Arizona economy picks up, interest in AmeriCorps slows down

After nearly doubling between 2007 and 2013, the number of AmeriCorps participants in Arizona has dropped about 30 percent in the past year.... Read more»

Filling sandbags: Phx mayor urges preparation for next big storm

After last week’s record rainfall, Phoenix officials are monitoring weather reports as Hurricane Odile moves north in the Pacific Ocean off Mexico. Mayor Greg Stanton said that officials are working together so that Phoenix is as prepared as it can be, adding that last week’s storm gives him confidence it will be.... Read more»

Gun Wars

At least 28k children killed by guns over 11 years

A News21 investigation of child and youth deaths in America between 2002 and 2012 found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns. Teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 made up over two-thirds of all youth gun deaths in America.... Read more»1

Border Patrol nabs convicted sex offenders

In the last two weeks, Border Patrol agents arrested seven men for being in the country illegally after they were previously deported from the United States for sex crimes.... Read more»

Latino workers dying at higher rates in job accidents

As Latino workers take on more and more of the nation’s toughest and dirtiest jobs, they increasingly are paying for it with their lives.... Read more»1

Accreditors seek public input on PCC probation

Staff from the Higher Learning Commission will be in Tucson next week, and are asking for feedback from the community about Pima Community College’s effort to fix systemic problems that led to the school being placed on probation last year.... Read more»

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